Inspired, apparently, by the commercial success of 50 Shades of Grey, a UK university is offering a Master’s Degree course in self-publishing, claimed to be the first of its kind on the world.
The University of Central Lancashire says self-publishing is now a highly successful and respected business model for new and established authors and claim its dynamic MA course will reveal how to make self-publishing work for you.
It says the course will equip students with all the necessary skills needed to be a self-published author, including:
How to edit your book
How to lay it out
How to monitor sales
How to manage yourself and your finances
Marketing yourself and your book
How to create an ebook
The final part of the course will give students the opportunity to complete a finished copy of their book.
The course will be taught by industry experts with contributions from successful self-published authors. Students will get round-the-clock access to the university’s bespoke publishing house in the state-of-the-art Media Factory with all the latest equipment and industry-level software such as Creative Cloud, InDesign and Nielsen Bookscan.
Course modules include:
• The Publishing Environment
• Editing Principles and Practice
• Self-Employment in Publishing, Writing and Editing
• Electronic Publishing and the Creation of E-Books
• The Production Process
• Marketing for Writers
• Creative Publishing Project